Variable Stability Transfer Function Simulation
Pettersson, Henrik Bengt
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Simulation, whether in-flight or ground-based, is an invaluable tool for testing and evaluating aircraft. Classically, a simulation model is specific to a single particular airframe, only able to model those flying characteristics. Vast information can be gained from a simulation that is able to model a wide range of aircraft, through a comparison of the performance of these aircraft. Such a variable stability simulation model was created based on 46 stability parame-ters, including natural frequencies, damping ratios, time constants, and gains. The simula-tion was obtained using transfer functions representing the aircraft state responses to control inputs. These transfer functions were converted into state space systems used to create the linear equations for the model. The model was first developed as a desktop simulation and then converted for use with the Virginia Techâ s 2F122A flight simulator. This conversion required a simple dynamic inversion of the body axis force and moment terms. To reduce the error in these terms, a model following scheme was incorporated. A series of canned inputs and real-time pilot-in-the-loop tests were flown to evaluate the variable stability model. Results in this paper have demonstrated the successful creation of a variable stability simulation model.
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